Po­lice squad scoops en­vi­ron­ment award

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

A SQUAD from Cheshire Po­lice bagged a na­tional award in hon­our of their com­mit­ment to re­duc­ing costs and en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness.

The fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment team were handed the Sus­tain­abil­ity and En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact award at the Bri­tish In­sti­tute of Fa­cil­i­ties Man­age­ment (BIFM) Awards 2014 in London.

The Cheshire team’s ac­co­lade recog­nised the group’s ef­forts to de­liver sus­tain­able and en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives in its day-to-day business.

The con­stab­u­lary’s sub­mis­sion in­cluded a case study about a project un­der­taken to re­duce costs when dis­pos­ing of cannabis and other waste ma­te­ri­als seized from cannabis farms.

This dis­posal process was cost­ing the force around £36,000 per year, but the group’s new way of work­ing has re­duced that to almost noth­ing, and has also gen­er­ated some in­come from the re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

The new pro­cesses have also re­moved the use of con­trac­tors and seen the in­tro­duc­tion of des­ig­nated sta­tions across the coun­try for waste dis­posal.

If in­tro­duced na­tion­ally, it was shown that the team’s in­no­va­tive think­ing could save the coun­try more than £2m.

Emma Marvell, head of fa­cil­i­ties, said: “I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted that we have achieved na­tional recog­ni­tion at the high­est level within the fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment in­dus­try.

“To win the award against blue chip com­pa­nies, with our limited bud­get and re­sources is a tes­ta­ment to how hard our FM team work to pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity and proves the mes­sage has reached the whole or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

The con­stab­u­lary has re­duced its car­bon foot­print by 22 per cent over the past five years, avoid­ing costs equiv­a­lent to £1.6m.

Si­mon Byrne, the force’s Chief Con­sta­ble, said: “We take our en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties se­ri­ously so I’m de­lighted for our fa­cil­i­ties team and for the force as a whole.”

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